Keep it Real Thursdays – Unbelievable Quinoa Buckwheat Granola (GF, DF, VG)

My best friend in the whole wide world is visiting me this week and I’m super excited. We have a camping trip planned to check out Salt Spring Island and I’m really stoked. As a result we need easy no fuss breakfast solutions. What better camping breakfast food (and anytime breakfast food) than granola?

Why I love granola:

  • It pack easily
  • Keeps well in an airtight container
  • It is nutritiously dense
  • The ingredients are really flexible
  • Its easy to make
  • Can be eaten as a snack as well as for breakfast
  • It taste freaking amazing

If you’re still eating sugary store bought cereal for breakfast, you might want to consider this nutritiously dense option. It’s easy to make, it very flexible and is almost completely foolproof. So if you are new to whole foods, starting with breakfast might be a really easy place to begin. If you can set yourself off with a few go to breakfasts that are fast, easy and made with whole foods, you’ve already gotten off on the right foot. Bonus.

We have our traditional granola recipe that we did here. If you’re looking for a basic recipe that can be made with just about any nut, seed or dried fruit and uses rolled oats, this is the one we’ve been using for years.

If you’re ready for a little variety, but with the same flexibility you might want to try your hand out on this Quinoa Buckwheat Granola.

If you’d like to try this recipe but don’t have quinoa flakes or buckwheat groats, simply substitute 4 cups rolled oats.

Quinoa Buckwheat Granola

  •  3 cups quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 2 tbsp each ground flax, chia seeds and sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup each pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, chopped almonds and chopped hazelnuts (or any combination of what you have on hand)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Mix the oil, honey and vanilla together. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until the flakes and groats are well coated. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 baking tray. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

If you’d like to add dried fruit, you can do so at the end. I chose to add 1 cup of coconut flakes at the end. I love the crisp white curls in this otherwise monochromatic granola.

If you want to learn how to make this recipe using traditional food methods, go see Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS for her  awesome ecourse on how to traditionally prepare grains.

Keep It Real Thursday

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The Rules:

1. Introduce yourself, your blog, and what you’re about in the comment section and a small blurb about what you’re sharing. This way people can get to know you a little bit right off the hop and hopefully follow you as well.

2. Be sure to add a link in your post back to this post. Simple linky etiquette. This allows your readers to find other posts that may help them on their journey.

3. If you’re sharing recipes, the only requirement is that the ingredient list be comprised of real food only, that means non-processed food items. That being said, we are all in different places on our real food journey, some more advanced than others. I invite all of you to share, no matter where you are on your journey, but I ask you to stay mindful when sharing your recipes that this is a whole (real) food blog. This means, no ingredient lists that include edible oil products (velveeta, frozen whip topping), protein powders, ketchup, white flour, margarine or white and brown sugar.

4. Less of a rule but more a suggestion: Retweet,  Stumble, or Pin this post so EVERYONE gets more exposure and traffic. It’s win-win for everyone.

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Now it’s your turn to share your whole food recipes and ideas!

I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

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35 Responses to Keep it Real Thursdays – Unbelievable Quinoa Buckwheat Granola (GF, DF, VG)

  1. Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen August 9, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Hi France,

    I just made some granola for the first time and I love it! Your recipe looks great. I like a quinoa and buckwheat combo, so I will have to give it a try :)

    This week I linked up recipes for a Kohlrabi Mango Mint Salad and No-Bake Chocolate Pecan Coconut Bars.

    Enjoy your time on Salt Spring! If they still have the Satuday Market in Ganges, you should definitely check it out.


  2. Vicky Rockcliffe August 9, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Hi France! 

    Your granola recipe looks lovely! I love coconut flakes in granola, they do make a nice addition!

    Today I’ve shared a simple recipe for grain free pasta using courgettes!

    Have a lovely week!

  3. Kristy Gardner August 9, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    ooooh! have fun on Salt Spring! be sure to check out the Garry Oaks vineyard – they make pretty incredible wine. and the Salt Spring Island Vineyard is just magical too!

    this week i’ve shared my impromptu recipe for quick pickled (grilling) onions – great on salads, burgers or anti-pasti platters.

    Also, the Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop at Gastronomical Sovereignty is still open until Friday night – hope to see you there with your seasonal posts!

  4. Joanne August 9, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    This is definitely the perfect camping breakfast! I love how you’ve infused so many whole grains into it!

  5. Cookinthekeys August 9, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      Hi, I’m just a New Orleans girl who was raised in the kitchen with her Grandmother.  
    She taught me how to cook incredible food and the importance of making
    food beautiful.  Please follow me as I blog about the difference in living to eat and eating to live! 

    Today I am sharing “How to Make Cream Cheese” and “How my Cereal Bowl Has Changed”

    Thanks for Hosting!

  6. Lauren August 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing the ultimate light and fluffy coconut flour pancakes. A few special techniques make them moist and light, not dense and heavy. 

  7. Kristy August 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    This granola looks fantastic!  Pinning it!  I am sharing blueberry chocolate chip muffins with avocado.  They can be made paleo-friendly using arrowroot starch and psyllium husk (but I am not sure how much).  Moist and fluffy and of course, yummy!  Thanks for hosting!!

  8. Jennifer Nervo August 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Thanks for hosting!
    We started a new series at 20 something allergies! Baby Steps to Better Health is about healing food allergies and chronic illnesses with Real Food and a less toxic lifestyle. We’ll be taking it one step at a time, so it’s less intimidating and completely sustainable.
    Begin Your Journey to Better Health Through Real Food

  9. Koko August 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I love love LOVE Saltpsring. You will have a great time- especially with this awesome weather!! Wow, I wish I was on a camping trip with you if this is what your camping eats look like! YUM!

  10. Shelley Alexander August 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    France, Have a great vacation with your best friend! I love the granola recipe! I have one in my new cookbook that features buckwheat groats too and it tastes so good and lasts for days.
    Today I shared my top 7 five minute healing foods snacks to keep you energized and healthy! Thanks for hosting.

  11. Marlys @thisandthat August 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Thanks for hosting… Saw this through another recipe that was linked up… My blog has a little bit of everything from African food to American food ~~ healthy food to down right sinful food. Your recipe for granola looks wonderful.  I shared my grilled corn salad recipe. Would love it if you shared some of your recipes on Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party that I am hosting that will be starting at 9 pm tonight until Sunday morning.  We ask that it be a recipe that you make yourself and not affiliated with a party itself if at all possible.  We have a great giveaway this week for the recipes for the top  3 voted. Here is the link: .  Also virtually “stalking” you through facebook, twitter and pintrest. 

  12. Marlys @thisandthat August 10, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    sorry posted your link instead of mine for our Linky party some how… probably when I went to link back my recipe to you.   So here is the link for our Linky party.  I really should proof read before sending.

  13. Jeanette Chen August 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I haven’t made homemade granola in a while, but I need to. I linked up my Kale Pesto that I’ve been making throughout the summer. Works great with Swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens and just about any green you can think of.

  14. Laura @ The Spinach Spot August 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    I added my own grain free granola recipe.  You can check out my blog: The Spinach Spot for whole food recipes free from dairy!


  15. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom August 14, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    What do you think about the processing of quinoa flakes, France and Joshua? I had a reader ask me and I didn’t get to research it then b/c my phone was down. Thanks!!!

    • France Morissette August 16, 2012 at 4:43 am #

      Hi Adrienne, I haven’t been able to find a ton of info on it. It’s definitely more processed than the original seed, but it is another option for those looking to get away from store bought cereal.

  16. Paige @ Not Missing a Thing! August 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    This granola sounds awesome! I enjoy my gf oatmeal-based recipe but this one must have a higher nutrient value. Think I’ll try it!

    • France Morissette August 16, 2012 at 4:44 am #

      I had a girlfriend visiting and we wanted to try something new too. It was delicious. I think the highlight was the buckwheat. Surprising but true.


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